Thus spoke Galileo : the great scientist's ideas and their by Andrea Frova, Mariapiera Marenzana

By Andrea Frova, Mariapiera Marenzana

''You may possibly be aware of what's acknowledged approximately Galileo, yet now not many folks comprehend what Galileo himself really acknowledged! His challenging and infrequently misquoted discourse has resulted, through the years, in slurs opposed to his identify and popularity as a scientist. enable him converse then, in order that he can convey to everyone's recognition his message of cause, of highbrow honesty, and of loose pondering. A message that, greater than ever, is of great Read more...

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Without doubt, it is the equal of anything in Plato. 8 Italo Calvino writes: Salviati and Sagredo represent two different facets of Galileo’s character: Salviati is the reasoning man, methodologically rigorous, who proceeds slowly and carefully; Sagredo is characterized by his “very fast discourse”, 7 Tommaso Campanella, 1568–1639, philosopher and writer. A Dominican monk, he was suspected of heresy. He spent nearly twenty-seven years in jail for taking part in a political plot against Spain. He wrote Apologia pro Galileo, but his most famous work is La città del sole, describing a model of an ideal society where individual happiness and collective welfare converge.

There is no doubt that whoever has this skill will be able to draw from his books the demonstrations of all knowable things, since they contain everything. The treasures of the alphabet SAGR: So, my dear Simplicio, you are not bothered by things being scattered here and there, and you think that by collecting and combining various parts you can squeeze their juice. But then, what you and other learned philosophers do with Aristotle’s texts, I will do with the verses of Virgil or Ovid, by making patch works of passages and explaining with them all the affairs of men and secrets of nature.

Or was it, perhaps, just that same myopia which, through the centuries, seems always to have clouded the Church’s choices? During the course of the trial snares were laid for me, with the result that instead of defending my opinions, as I would have wanted, I followed the counsel of those who urged me to put an end to the affair as quickly as possible, to submit to anything my judges wanted me to believe regarding the motion of the earth. They could do 18 Thus spoke Galileo whatever they wanted, I was utterly in their hands!

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